All posts tagged: jesus

Blessed through difference.

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wellbeing / wholeness

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.” Matt 5:5 MSG I was thinking about how readily we absorb as our own whatever are the social norms that we are surrounded by, and how if we don’t do that mindfully, we run the risk of completely discounting any experience we feel that lands outside. Why does […]

A Personal Reflection: Hope in a pandemic.

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“In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was. He asked, “What’s this you’re discussing so intently as you walk along?” They just stood there, long-faced, like they had lost their best friend. Then one of them, his name was Cleopas, said, “Are you the only one in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard what’s happened during the last few […]

Waking up to something good.

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Sometimes we look to people around us to reflect back to us something of who we are.  We are relational creatures by nature. To do so, I don’t think, is wrong, but actually a God-ordained way of being.  I think the people around us, are the ones who hold some degree of power to reflect back some of the truth of who we are. But I think one of the effects of this is that […]

Who do you say that I am?

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“[Jesus] asked his disciples this question: “What are the people saying about me, the Son of Man? Who do they believe I am?” They answered, “Some are convinced you are John the Baptizer, others say you are Elijah reincarnated, or Jeremiah or one of the prophets” “But you – who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked.” Matt 16:13-15 TPT I find it interesting that Jesus seemed to be wanting to make clear to […]

Being Human: Failing to be God.

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“If one’s religion is to mean anything, if it is to last, it has to stand outside of time and place. Its truths have to be transcendent…. To be blunt, a god that is no bigger than our own desires is not God at all, but a divinized rationalization for self-worship” – Rob Dreher I find a weird sort of peace in reading this quote – weird because in the past it would have held […]

Wonders to be worked.

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“…There is an illusion that we can have sometimes that we are ‘passionate for God,’ but the reality is we’re maybe a little more confident in our ‘passionate personality,’ and we’re clinging to an illusion. Instead of actually getting to the point (of often brokenness) where we know that we know that we know… that it’s only by grace.. that we can even lift our voice” – Brian Johnson (From his talk ‘Overcoming Anxiety’ on […]

Fight + Surrender

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“Worship is the arena in which God recalibrates our hearts, reforms our desires, and rehabituates our loves. Worship isn’t just something we do; it is where God does something to us. Worship is the heart of discipleship because it is the gymnasium in which God retrains our hearts.” – James K Smith The beauty of approaching Jesus is that we need not have it all together. In fact that very belief leaves us separated from […]

broken + human

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“Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?” Gal 3: 5-6 MSG. // Freedom is found in letting go of how right or wrong we think we are, and by setting our sights in […]

Fear can’t hold you back, when love has set you free.

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christian / emotional / mentalhealth / truth

“If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love” // I posted this verse on my blog ages ago. But as I reread it – it shines even brighter than it did then. I find it kind of profound – that upon stumbling on this truth, firstly – it was like a tiny seed. But over time life seems to almost have […]

Safe.

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It’s funny how we judge other people. Judge their mess-ups and their fails and their inabilities and their insecurities. Or maybe just their weakness. Because at first glance we see people from the outside from our little house. Out of our window. We see their intensity or their shyness or their anger or their abusive nature or their defensiveness and we want to steer clear of ..’that mess’ But.. then. ‘Grace.’ He says. He keeps […]